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    Indeed, a recruiter who hangs out in a recruiting office in a strip mall absolutely should not get the same benefits as someone trundling around in full combat gear in the desert avoiding IEDs and rocket propelled grenades. Both are military but the jobs are incomprehensibly different.

    The military however, due in part to the low pay and personal sacrifices, can't recruit many well educated and skilled people for enlisted jobs so they have to take a lot in, filter them in real life situations, and try to keep the ones that show promise.

    Very few jobs in industry are as 7/24 as many in the military. Obviously I, and many others, are expected to drop everything if possible to respond to a customer crisis. However, there's flexibility (as I'm not the CEO of a major corporation who, even when in a remote site, has to get their tail back to HQ or other suitable venue when the shit hits the fan - but they have satellite phones and helicopters and "people" to make that all happen) - my group and my boss will work through it and get it done and the customer will be none the wiser for it and not be aware it would have been resolved more quickly if I was available.

    But in the case of teacher who has gone to college, gotten an advanced degree, worked for 5 to 10 years in the private sector to build up life experience, and then worked for 25 years as a teacher, the effect on the economy would be positive.
    I don't have any statistics and my personal experience may be anomalous, but those who work 5 to 10 years in the private sector and then teach for 25 years seems like the exception rather than the rule.

    I know of a number of people who intended to do that, but upon entering the public school system gave up and returned to the private sector within a couple years. Not because teaching was "hard", but because the entrenched bureaucracy both in administration and in the teacher culture, esp. around not really knowing and keeping up to date on the material being taught and in not being "results driven", discouraged them.

    I have personally experienced a teacher (in a fairly high achieving district) who somehow taught for over 15 years in high school math yet misspoke in multiple ways in middle school math classes. For example, they completely screwed up rational vs. irrational numbers, had no clue about the sum of the simplest possible series (even though it was spoon fed in the teachers' notes for the lesson plan), was so busy trying to be a "45 year old buddy to all the students" that it was painful to watch, and asserted answers were wrong because they were not expressed in exactly the form he expected them although any engineer or scientist would have expected them to be in the form the student presented them. How this teacher survived for more than a year is beyond my comprehension, how they survived for over 15 years is just mind-boggling. (BTW, they got booted into "administration" eventually because apparently that was a way to get them out of the classroom -- but they could probably do MORE damage in administration than in the classroom but it just wouldn't be as visibly embarrassing to the system).

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